Judge Fausto Pocar, President of the ICTY, and Sandro Calvani, Director of UNICRI (United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute) earlier this month exchanged letters initiating a best practices project aimed at contributing to the Tribunal's legacy.
Following the exchange of letters, the ICTY with the assistance of UNICRI will draft a compilation of the Tribunal's best practices which can be transferred to other international and domestic regimes dealing with war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide.
The best practices project will compile the Tribunal's expertise on all aspects of proceedings from investigations to the enforcement of sentences, with the manual due for completion by autumn 2008. The production of a digest of ICTY jurisprudence is also under consideration. Under the chairmanship of President Pocar, the Office of the President, Chambers, Prosecution and Registry are all contributing their expertise to the project.
UNICRI will ensure its publication and broad distribution with, where appropriate, the assistance of Tribunal staff at key conferences and workshops. This project is an important element in President Pocar's vision of the Tribunal's legacy playing a significant role in the future prosecution of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide by domestic judiciaries, particularly those in the region of the former Yugoslavia.